Amazon S3 Reliability

By Deane Barker on July 21, 2008

Amazon’s S3 Web Service, our #1 cause of failure: Unfortunate.

Using Amazon’s S3 has about the same cost and complexity as hosting the images ourselves, but we had thought that the reliability of Amazon would be significantly higher. But that now seems wrong.

[…] S3 is supposed to be for small folks like us who don’t want to spend time worrying about administration of such a system. So in order for it to pay off, we need reasonably high guarantees of reliability. Amazon has failed to deliver.